| by Dan Black
The perfect Valentine’s Day packed lunch
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, so unless you have been award-winningly organised and romantic, booking a day off in advance, chances are, the majority of us will be spending it at work after hurriedly texting a loved one on the morning commute.
But with the very minimal of effort, you can make Valentine’s Day special for your partner or even make your flatmate’s day with a special lunch.
Valentine’s Day Salad:
This salad looks beautiful, but is the easiest meal in the world to throw together and consists of only a few ingredients. Any more than those listed below and it would detract from the fabulous sweetness of the strawberries and peppery tang of the edible pansies:
Simply throw together the dry ingredients in your Lunch Box Original, keeping the sliced strawberries in the separate compartment to keep the salad leaves crisp until lunchtime. A balsamic glaze, vinegar or even easy vinaigrette dressing can be kept in the sauce pot until ready to eat.
One of the prettiest and flavoursome spring salad recipes you will find.
Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sarnie
Spoon the cream cheese into a bowl and all the other ingredients, mixing well.
Spread the filling onto your bread and simply pop another slice on top.
It’s not often you get to make a sweetheart sarnie, so why not go all out this Valentine’s Day and as well as the seasonal ingredients, invest in a heart shaped cookie cutter, to cut the sarnies in finger sandwich sized heart shapes before popping in your partner’s Lunch Box Original.
We have found the easiest and most reliable basic shortbread recipe we could, to keep this option as accessible as possible for you all.
Once the basic shortbread has cooled from the oven, you can decorate them in anyway you choose, with pink coloured icing, pre-prepared icing decorations, or just plain – baked with love.
Tip the flour into a food processor. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the bowl, then whizz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until you achieve the bread-crumb-y consistency.
Add the sugar, vanilla and egg yolks and whizz (or mix by hand) into small dough. Make sure you just use the egg yolks, using the whole of the eggs will make the dough too sticky and taste very different.
Roll the dough out onto a floured flat surface and cut into round shapes with either a cookie cutter, or if you don’t have one to hand, an upside down mug or drinking glass works equally well.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (160 degrees in a fan oven)
Recipe source: BBC Good Food
Image source: The Village Cook